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A0L 1357 Dawn brings a gift of spider webs flashing diamonds on sea-grey gorse.

A0P 1849 The reason for the exultation, the explanation of how this sense of craving had been mollified and a sense of sexual peace bestowed on the lyrics was simple: Marianne had come into his arms; that golden apparition of loveliness, that lithe, sensuous, intelligent being of intuition and sympathy; a gift of the gods to rank — and outrank — anything so far told in the surrounding mythology of his adopted Greek homeland!

A7G 89 A gift of just £12 could provide enough sachets of ORT to save 240 children.

A7G 276 So a gift of, say £20, will become £26.67 at no added cost to you.

ABP 406 A gift of a large sum of money by an infant was after his death held valid.

ADC 126 At Corinth St Paul found the phenomenon deeply divisive and productive of censoriousness; he taught the Corinthian church that the authenticity of a gift of the Spirit should be tested by whether or not it contributed to love and edification of the community as a whole.

ADC 305 The ‘world’ was, in terms of nature and by creation, a great good, a gift of the omnipotent and good Creator.

AMT 244 Where Wesley stressed faith as a gift of God, Locke stressed reason as a gift of God.

ANF 1140 Ehrenburg was convinced that Modi had a gift of prophecy.

ARR 965 On her unlucky nights she really would benefit enormously from a gift of blood.

BPF 199 A Gift of Love

C96 1156 This was partly the result of a gift of £1 million from the Emir of Kuwait, along with a rise in the number of visitors which has generated around £.5 million.

C9S 1250 who believed that ‘human sexuality in all its richness is a gift of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured, as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.’

CD4 435 It is the Holy Spirit at work in our souls, a gift of the divine Love of the Trinity, which enables us to love God with the same love whereby he loves himself.

CDX 2707 ‘He never once put his hand into his box all the years that I served him,’ meaning he never gave me a gift of money, a bonus for service above and beyond the call of time.

CH2 2189 But a spokesman said last night: ‘A gift of £1 million has also been received from the Emir of Kuwait.

CJF 45 Darren often arrived on their church morning with a gift of flowers.

CK5 3052 And he's blessed with a gift of a voice that swoops from arcs of strangulated screeching to the huskiest falsetto.

CN1 467 After a combined army of Men and Dwarfs put paid to an Orc invasion at the battle of Black Fire Pass, thus saving the Dwarf realm from destruction, King Kurgan Ironhand showed his gratitude by presenting a gift of magic to the men of the Empire.

CRR 21 When a politician assisted a freeholder with a gift of a patronage appointment, he would almost always give it in the guise of an act of friendship, and it was the friendly relationship which was the truly significant factor.

CRR 164 Accordingly, it is evident that a gift of such significance could have been of no small value to a freeholder or councillor who would otherwise have found difficulty in endowing a relative so generously at the commencement of his career.

CRR 494 Political intervention was advisable even when an applicant had the necessary financial strength to make a purchase, and if a gift of a commission was a greater compliment, permission to purchase was nonetheless gratefully accepted.

CS7 901 This took the form of a gift of the proceeds from the sale of a hospital farm.

EBV 1845 I can see that in such a case they might make a gift of paintings or other works of art for tax reasons, for example, and wouldn't care if they were sold or not.

ECF 4827 Somewhat later came the present owner, John Matta, who now takes great pleasure in greeting Citalia guests and welcomes them on arrival with a gift of the wonderful Chianti Classico from his excellent cellars and offers them a typical Tuscan dinner at a reasonable price, which is taken most weeks in the castle's impressive banqueting hall.

EDA 652 The New Party had been funded in January 1931 by a gift of 50,000 from the motor manufacturer William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, and encouraged by defections from the Labour party, including six members of the House of Commons.

EDN 649 She must have that quality, without which no woman could meet his exacting standard, a gift of caring and nurturing, a loving, maternal sweetness.

EEM 779 As a gift of divine origin, there was nothing sacrilegious in their use.

EEW 2016 But I would consider it a great honour and privilege if you would allow me to help you overcome this disadvantage by making you a gift of whatever you may need.’

F9U 709 Minton's largesse was attractive: Bernard still recollects how, at a time when he was earning £2 10s a week, in a timber yard off Greek Street, Minton astonished him with a gift of £10, in effect a month's wages.

FPN 26 He had a mind of quicksilver and a gift of repartee that was second nature; his special love of language arose, I think, from the absence of a formal education.

FPY 1360 Music's place in our services may be seen as a gift of God which he uses to reveal something of himself to us.

G1Y 340 If Johnson did speak as he wrote — economically, pithily and with a gift of great accuracy — Boswell's Aberdeen observation means that he also sounded beautifully.

G3A 1303 The Spirit is probably meant by passages of the New Testament which speak of repentance as a gift of God.

G3A 1319 It is the Spirit who takes the things of God and reveals them to us (1 Cor. 2:12), and Paul can rightly say that the very capacity to respond in faith is a gift of God and no man-made attribute of which we can boast (Eph. 2:8).

GTA 1147 His most important contract (first with another carpenter, John Ball, and then on his own) was for the deepening and wharfing of the Fleet ditch, an enormous task which employed 200 men, took two and a half years to finish (1672–4), and brought him a gift of plate worth £200 from the City on its efficient completion.

H09 479 As earlier stated a vineyard was always associated with the Palace, in the year 1325, Edward II who when travelling through Kent, was resting at Bokinfold, was sent a gift of wine from the Bishop's vineyard at Halling.

HDD 359 So wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit and that particular thing is to er help us to judge in the way that God does.

HTN 1420 I made a gift of them to the lad, didn't I?

HXW 520 What has never before been directly decided in England is whether the doctrine applies to a gift of land by delivery of the title deeds…

HXX 1397 A crown now on the head of a Madonna in Essen may be that of the child Otto III, while another on the head of a crucifix in Vercelli has been thought a gift of his.

J2B 60 We are grateful to Helen Grant (Newsome, 1927) for a gift of art books and exhibition catalogues, to Dr Ken Lewis for books on genetics, and to Mr Paul Foote for books on Russian Literature.

J6S 576 In particular, a gift of his shares (to a family trust for instance ) is treated as a recovery of capital for these purposes.

J6S 677 Assuming the trustees use the loan to acquire Newco shares which they then distribute to employees (relying on the Revenue's press release of 5 December 1990 to ensure the trust does not suffer a capital gains tax charge), they will not be able to repay the borrowings, in which case Newco might as well have made a gift of the necessary funds to the trustees at the outset.

K1Y 2461 And there's a letter which enclosed a gift of 6 salmon flies.

K4W 9358 Young patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital will benefit from a gift of £1,120 from 49 probationary Durham police constables who raised the cash with a sponsored swim.

K51 591 He said a gift of modern and useful equipment from a computer to a minibus, sports kit to industrial machinery, was an investment for business.

K95 1784 ‘I had a gift of some wine.’

K97 2010 Mrs Heaton was then presented with a floral arrangement and a gift of a framed print by local artist Jenny Holland.

KNA 97 And hurrying along on this account that we have here, Ruth, the next morning, she's given a gift by Boaz a a a, a gift of er, to to seal what has been said.